A much-loved Bristol University cleaner said he and his wife have been made to feel like “trillionaires” – after students paid for them to visit family in Jamaica.
Herman Gordon and wife Denise were able to return to the Caribbean island for the first time in nearly a decade after students raised more than £1,500 for them to go.
The 65-year-old broke down in tears when he was presented with the money in June, and the funds meant he and his wife were able to splash out on a two-night stay at the luxurious Sandals resort in Montego Bay.
The happy couple, who used the trip to celebrate their belated 23rd wedding anniversary before spending time with family in Kingston, have since shared images of themselves at the swish resort, relaxing in dressing gowns and enjoying sunset cocktails.
“God bless you all. Everybody will see this and think that I’m a trillionaire,” Herman said, after being shown to his room.
Herman was just 12-years-old when he arrived in England from Jamaica as part of the Windrush generation.
Students at the university raised £1,500 for the much-loved cleaner so he can visit his family in Jamaica with his wife.
Mr Gordon, who is adored by students for his positive attitude and happy-go-lucky approach to life, broke down in tears after generous undergrads handed over the cash gift in June.
The money was raised via a JustGiving page to fund a week’s trip for Mr Gordon and his wife to visit family in the Caribbean – with more than 230 students donating.
Mrs Gordon said her husband was left speechless after being given the money.
“He phoned me and he was so excited that he couldn’t get his words out… he was crying down the phone,” she told MailOnline.
“He said the students have given me this money for us to go to Jamaica… he said: ‘’I can’t believe it! We are going to see my family in Jamaica. I am going home to see my uncle George and all the cousins.’
“He was in shock, but so happy. Just overwhelmed by the students’ kindness.
“It is amazing, he had no idea. We are both in shock. They are lovely students.”
Mr Gordon has worked at Bristol University as part of the cleaning staff for 12 years.
Last June, Mr Gordon was dubbed an “icon” by the University of Bristol Library’s Instagram page, saying he was a familiar face to many of the medical students at the university.
His hobbies include supporting Arsenal and playing the lottery, “hoping one day to hit the jackpot and move back to Jamaica”, according to the page.
A video of Mr Gordon being surprised with the money was posted online where he becomes emotional and thanks the Bristol students for their kind token of appreciation.
The gift was accompanied by a note addressed from “Bristol Students”, which thanked Mr Gordon for his “positive energy” over the years.
Courtesy of BristolPost